A good majority of the fire service community has at least heard of a Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) and a Vehicle Repeater System (VRS). But what exactly are they and why are they a valuable tool in the tactical fire communications toolbox?
A BDA is a booster of incoming (Rx) and outgoing (Tx) radio traffic. You can find them in most large, modern buildings, and in most below grade transportation systems. The actual BDA is typically in a room with other telecom equipment. A system of…Continue
Posted on December 8, 2016 at 5:30am
Top FIVE Ways to Resolve Your Own Tactical Communications Problem
(Requires NO equipment outside of what you already have)
1. Move to a window
2. Stand up (if conditions permit)
3. Orient portable radio VERTICALLY
4. Raise your portable up high (again, if conditions permit)
5. Switch to SOP/common practice-driven Simplex/Talkaround/Direct Channel
Posted on September 27, 2016 at 2:00pm
This past Wednesday I was a guest on Fire Engineering's TenCate Humpday Hangout, hosted by mentor and friend Frank Ricci. In our discussion, Rex Strickland from Fairfax County mentioned that his department conducts regular mayday radio discipline training- including their telecommunicators in the training. THIS IS GENIUS!
The first line in public safety is used to operating in the background and on the periphery- and we rely upon them to send us to calls for service and "send the…Continue
Posted on July 29, 2016 at 6:01am
Attempting to transmit through your face piece is what some might call an art, but it’s actually a science. And like other sciences, it requires experimentation. Your variables are voice quality, voice strength, mic placement, and noise cancelling and isolation.
How can you ensure your message is getting through? First, you must ensure you're speaking clearly- call it voice quality. You have to fight the nose cone and chin cup that are doing their job in keeping a…Continue
Posted on June 6, 2016 at 6:00am